The Ghosts Of Altona is a confidently unsettling crime novel that subverts expectations with a joyful intelligence. ( The National)
In Jan Fabel Russell has created one of the better drawn versions of the thinking man with a badge ( Shots Magazine)
He's (Jan Fabel's) become one of the most interesting detectives around; his seventh appearance is his best. (Marcel Berlins The Times)
This is an excellent read. ( Literary Review)
Craig Russell writes intelligently and with sensitivity . . . The Ghosts of Altona is an absorbing above average crime thriller . . . absolutely not one to miss ( SJ2B House of Books)
There are many layers to be had here and Craig Russell brings them all together over time in indomitable fashion - clever construction and a real feel for character development means this comes highly recommended from me. ( Liz Loves Books)
WINNER OF THE BLOODY SCOTLAND CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2015
Head of Hamburg's Murder Commission, Jan Fabel is used to the dead, but when a routine enquiry spirals out of control he finds himself on much closer terms with death - his own.
As he struggles to process this experience, his first case comes back to haunt him: Monika Krone's body is found at last, fifteen years after she disappeared. Monika - beautiful, intelligent, cruel - was the centre of a group obsessed with the gothic.
When men who knew Monika start turning up dead, the crime scenes full of gothic symbolism, Fabel realizes he is looking for a killer with both a hunger for vengeance and a terrifying taste for the macabre.
A true gothic demon is stalking the streets of Hamburg . . .
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